This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was one I had been looking forward to making since I first got the book. I love a good burger and so does Neil and really, who can resist a home-made burger – so easy to make and just so much better than store bought.
I *just* managed to squeeze this in this week. I got home late Tuesday night from Vancouver and left very early Thursday morning, headed to La Paz (Baja California Sur, Mexico) for a TweetUp sponsored by We Visit Mexico (more on this in coming posts!) so I literally had one day in which to make this. It was a perfect supper for a hot, thundery night, plus, it literally took 15 minutes to prepare and hardly any time to cook.
I’ll admit that I didn’t measure out the add-ins (capers, tarragon, parsley, cornichons and sun-dried tomatoes – though I used roasted red peppers because I couldn’t find the tomatoes at short notice) for the burger meat so carefully so the patties were a little “wet”. I used lean ground beef and some stewing beef which I ground myself and added in – it made for a nice texture but they felt messy still. The fact that I used roasted red peppers instead of sun-dried tomatoes probably played a role in this but I did feel they could have used some sort of binding agent to make them less “fally-aparty” (hey, if Dorie can use words like “do-aheadable”, I can use fally-aparty). I was also a little flustered cooking them and since they are shaped by hand, mine were a bit uneven so I served Neil’s a little on the RAW rare side. Ahem. Quickly fixed by a couple more minutes on the grill! I also forgot the cheese.
(no, I did not make those buns from scratch – no time, plus, bread and I are still not friends…)
Dorie’s recipe includes a red onion jam which was a peculiar recipe indeed. I found the mix of water, red onions, butter and coriander just wasn’t coming together like a jam should so I ended up pouring off some of the water and adding a few tablespoons of sugar so that it finally ended up “jammy”. Spread on the top bun, this was an extraordinarily powerful (but not overpowering) flavour that married very well with the sharp cornichon in the burger. Loved this. Will be making it again. Onion jam on burgers – brilliant!
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